“No Way” – Phil Foden Rejects Being Compared To Lionel Messi

Phil Foden continues to dominate the headlines after his incredible performance against Manchester United over the weekend. The Englishman scored two goals to steal the whole 3 points from the local rivals despite conceding in the first 10 minutes of the match.

Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola

Many football pundits as well as City Manager Pep Guardiola have heaped praises on the 23-year-old. The City boss earlier described him as the best Premier League player this campaign.

Speaking about the talented players he has coached during his career, the Catalonian mentioned Foden in the same sentence as the great Lionel Messi, although he claimed that he was not comparing the two because no current player can be compared to the Argentine during his glorious days.

He, however, commended Phil Foden’s ability to win games for the Cityzens, particularly on a difficult day.

“With the good players — and I met the biggest-ever player in Messi — you can play well but you have to win games,” Pep Guardiola said via The Sun.

“I don’t want to compare because Phil is not the level of Leo — he can do everything but he is winning games as well.”

Reacting to the praise from his boss, Phil Foden admitted that it’s a pleasure to be mentioned in the same sentence with Lionel Messi but being compared to arguably the best player in the past 20 years is a no.

When told what his boss had said, Foden told Viaplay: “No way! I want to be that player who wins games for the team — and turn up in the biggest games. You cannot compare anyone to Messi, he is in his own world.

“But to hear something like that from the manager is really nice.”

The England international will need to continue his incredible performance this weekend when the Cityzens travel to Anfield to take on the league leader Liverpool.

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